Mabel Palmer portraitThe First Lady of Chiropractic, Mabel Palmer, was a trailblazer for female chiropractors worldwide. To honor her ambition, leadership and legacy Palmer College of Chiropractic has established the Palmer Women’s Institute (PWI). The goal of the PWI is to advance, support, and inspire female chiropractors. This goal will be achieved through education, mentoring, and professional development.

Female chiropractors have unique gifts, needs and opportunities. The PWI will leverage these unique qualities by bringing together chiropractic faculty, students and alumni—as well as female leaders and entrepreneurs—to support women in chiropractic. Advancing women in chiropractic will be an integral part of the PWI.

The Palmer Women's Institute is open to Palmer students, alumni and other female chiropractors. It is supported by various endowments, current funds and newly raised commitments.


The following scholarships are awarded to female students at Palmer College of Chiropractic:

Dr. Palmera Kabana Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was created to assist female students pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus.

Dr. Esther A. Mork Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund: This fund was created by Dr. Esther A. Mork to provide financial assistance to student members of the Sigma Phi Chi Sorority, and/or a student(s) at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus.

Olivia Lynn Pyne Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was created to empower and reward young philanthropic women, who have a dream of becoming a doctor of chiropractic, by providing financial support toward their education at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport campus.

Dr. Flavia J. Van Dyke Endowed Recruitment Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the estate of Dr. Flavia J. Van Dyke to assist female students pursuing a doctor of chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus.

For more information about these scholarships, please contact the Financial Planning Office.


As a Doctor of Chiropractic, you can influence the future of the profession by encouraging talented women to pursue a career in chiropractic and mentoring them along the way. Palmer offers several ways for you to help women succeed in chiropractic.

Professional Development

womens institute logo "Just Say YES to Opportunities with Donna Craft, D.C., DICCP, FPAC, FICC
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
9:20 to 10 a.m. in P206
Davenport campus

RSVP to Nicole Rathje at or (563) 884-5776. The first 150 attendees will receive a free Palmer Women's Institute T-shirt!
Join Palmer College Trustee Dr. Donna Craft as she presents "Just Say YES to Opportunities." You'll hear her journey of becoming a chiropractor including barriers overcome, struggles survived and successes achieved. Can't make it to campus? Then join us on Palmer's Facebook page at 9:20 a.m. CST on Nov. 13 to view the live stream.

A 1986 graduate of Palmer's Davenport campus, Dr. Donna Craft is a member of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees. She was the first woman elected president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), serving from 2014 to 2016. She's been a director of the NBCE since 2003 and also served as secretary, treasurer and vice president before her election as president. Dr. Craft was named a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 2015 and was a member of the first class to earn a Diplomate of the International Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics in 1996. She's also a founding member of the Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics.

One of the first initiatives of the Palmer Women's Institute is the Women of Wisdom (W.O.W.) Lecture Series. This distinctive series will feature addresses by prominent female chiropractors. 
Female chiropractors have unique gifts, needs and opportunities. Palmer College created the Palmer Women's Institute to advance, support and inspire future and current female chiropractors through education, mentoring and professional development.

Please direct any questions or comments to Barbara Melbourne, vice chancellor for institutional advancement, at

or (563) 884-5453.

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